Sam Byram has told London24 that he would have been more reluctant to play for Leeds United in the FA Cup had he known that a move to West Ham United was going to go through in the January transfer window.
Byram played for Leeds in their third round FA Cup tie against Rotherham United, and it has meant that he has been unavailable to play in Slaven Bilic’s side’s cup matches.
West Ham are now in the quarter-finals of the competition, and the right-back admits that he is disappointed to be missing out on helping the team make it to Wembley.
“Nothing was solid at the time (of the FA Cup game) but the game for Leeds was," Byram said. "At the time I was a Leeds player and I wanted to give everything I could for Leeds in the game. The manager wanted me to play and I couldn’t refuse. I enjoyed every game I played for Leeds.
“Looking back now I would probably have been a bit more reluctant to play but at the time I couldn’t look too far ahead.”
West Ham’s FA Cup run started with a win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the third round.
They then beat Liverpool in extra-time, before hammering Blackburn Rovers 5-1 in their most recent outing.
The Hammers are now set to face Manchester United in at Old Trafford in the sixth round, with the winner guaranteed to book a spot at Wembley.
Byram could be forced to miss out on that match, but he has still made good progress since making the switch to Upton Park.
The 22-year-old has made three appearances for the Hammers to date, and he seems set to continue in their first-team for the foreseeable future, with Bilic’s options on the right hand side of defence looking limited.